Two persons have been arrested for the rape and trafficking of women in Dapa, Surigao del Norte last Tuesday evening of May 4, 2021.
According to Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 director, POLICE BRIGADIER GENERAL ROMEO M CARAMAT JR, the victims reported to Dapa Municipal Police Station around 8:00 AM that they were sexually abused by Jason S Arellano, 34 years old, single, driver, currently staying in Barangay Jubang, Dapa, Surigao del Norte and Jayson Boncaros, 23 years old, single, construction worker, resident of Barangay 1, Poblacion, Dapa, Surigao del Norte.
Police investigation shows that on May 3, the father of alias “Mae” (True Name Withheld) reported to the authorities that her daughter and companion alias Tine failed to return home since April 27, 2021 after Abigail Antipasado, suspects’ cohort, fetched his daughter to sign papers related to their debt.
The victims, who appeared the next day to file a case, told the authorities that Antipasado convinced them to sign an agreement stating that their unpaid balances will be settled once they meet the supplier. Alias Mae and alias Tine agreed to meet Boncaros who acted as the supplier at a certain store in Barangay 12 Poblacion.
Unfortunately, they were pushed inside the L300 Van by Boncaros and later brought to a waiting shed in Barangay Jubang where they forcibly given liquor to drink by Arellano that makes them unsteady.
As one of the victims woke up early morning of the following day, she discovered that she was naked and sleeping besides Arellano while she saw that the other victim was punched and raped by Boncaros.
Arellano and Boncaros were apprehended for Violation of RA 9208 “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003” and RA 8353 “The Anti-Rape Law of 1997” while Abigail Antipasado, who lives in Barangay 3 Poblacion in Dapa, was still at large.
“We are still conducting hot pursuit operation to arrest Antipasado in order to hold her accountable for the crime she committed “said RD CARAMAT, JR.
The top PNP official of the region is also urging anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Antipasado, to call the nearest police station.
“The community is our lifetime partners in bringing criminals to justice,” he concluded.
(PMaj. Dorothy M. Tumulak, RPIO)
(Source: Caraga Pulis Pio Facebook account)